A report came out early this morning stating that New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis wants out of the “Big Easy”. This means that he will not sign a 5 year 240 million dollar super max extension with NOLA after the 2021 season. For a Pelicans franchise that is struggling to fill seats every night with Davis in the fold, they will look to rebuild their roster and start from scratch. Davis is a top 5 player in the NBA and has been a star since entering the league out of Kentucky back in 2012. For his career, Davis has averaged 24Pts, 10.6Reb, and 2.4BLKs, while shooting over 50% from the field. He is a monster on both sides of the ball and his impact is felt every single night he steps on the hardwood.
At this stage, it looks like a two team fight for the 25 year old. First off, don’t even tell me that the Knicks have any shot at a deal to land him. They have absolutely nothing to offer. Davis will not be attracted to a losing culture that seems to have locker room issues. A team that puts so much stock into being a free agent destination has only managed to real in a past his prime Amare Stoudemire over the last 20 years. The Nets have a much more realistic shot at landing AD. But, both of those teams are still long-shots. The two teams that are in front to land Davis are the Celtics and Lakers. Go figure! This is the third installment of the Celtics attempt to Beat LA. We saw the Red Sox beat the Dodgers in October and we will see the Rams and Patriots battle it out in Super Bowl 53 on Sunday. Both teams have a good shot at Davis, but for different reasons.
For Boston, they have the real assets to trade for Davis. Likely to hold 3 first round picks in this upcoming draft, along with young players like Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, and Robert Williams, this seems to be the most enticing on paper. Al Horford would most likely be involved in a deal in order to match salaries. Ideally, the Celtics will try to hold onto Jayson Tatum at all costs and I do believe that this is possible. Since there is no other team that can offer much value, the Celtics can manage to give up less in a deal. I can see a deal that involves Brown, Rozier, Horford, and the 3 first round picks. With this deal done, the Celtics will have a staring lineup of Kyrie Irving, Marcus Smart, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, and Anthony Davis. Essentially, you are moving Horford for Davis, which is a tremendous upgrade. This team is lacking a “Kevin Garnett” presence and I believe Davis is that guy.
LA has a different method to land Davis. They have a certain guy that could make this work. No, I’m not talking about Lebron James. I am talking about Rich Paul, who both James and Davis share as an agent. Let’s face it, a package centered around Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, and Lonzo Ball is not going to get it done from a value standpoint, but a way that this could work is by some Magic. No pun intended. I can see a scenario where Magic Johnson, Rich Paul, And Lebron James sneakily maneuver some sort of trickery to land Davis. I am not saying that the NBA is rigged, but I am saying that some men have more power than others and can get things that they want. In this case, Davis is the prized possession. Given the amount of moving parts, the Lakers would have a roster with Davis and Lebron. They would then target another star like Kevin Durant or Kawhi Leonard and add shooters all around, which would make them an instant threat.
It’ll be interesting to see what team does land Davis. I will be shocked if he is moved before this February’s Trade Deadline and if he is traded to and signs a long term deal with a team other than the Lakers or Celtics. Buckle up! We are in for a long ride.